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Khonsu
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Cult Center: Thebes
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Consort: None
Sibling: Monthu
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Parents: Amun and Mut
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Khonsu (alternately Chonsu, Khensu, Khons, Chons or Khonshu) was the Egyptian deity of Youth and Moon. His name means the traveller as he travels across the sky. He and Thoth marked the passages of time. He was the creator of life along with his parents, Amun and Mut. He was worshipped along with Amun and Mut in Thebes. At Kom Ombo, he was worshipped as the son of Sobek and Hathor.

AttributesEdit

He is depicted as a mummy with the symbol of childhood, a sidelock of hair, as well as the menat necklace. He is sometimes shown wearing a falcon's head like Horus, with whom he is associated as a protector and healer, adorned with the sun disk and crescent moon. Khonsu's reputation as a healer spread outside Egypt; a stele records how a princess of Bekhten was instantly cured of an illness upon the arrival of an image of Khonsu.

The God of MoonEdit

His name reflects the fact that the Moon (referred to as Aah in Egyptian) travels across the night sky, for it means traveller, and also had the titles Embracer, Pathfinder, and Defender, as he was thought to watch over night travelers. As the god of light in the night, Khonsu was invoked to protect against wild animals, increase male virility, and to aid with healing. It was said that when Khonsu caused the crescent moon to shine, women conceived, cattle became fertile, and all nostrils and every throat was filled with fresh air.

HistoryEdit

Khonsu gradually replaced the war-god called Monthu who was originally a child of Mut and Amun throughout the Middle Kingdom in Thebes. Mut and Amun were benign deities as these changes, Monthu was converted into Khonsu and lost his aggresive personality.

ReferencesEdit

  • Wikipedia

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